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Thanksgiving With Senior Pets

Thanksgiving isn’t far off. While some of this year’s events may be smaller than usual, people will still gather with their loved ones around some delicious seasonal food. All of our holidays can be dangerous for pets, and Turkey Day is no exception. However, there are some specific concerns with senior pets. A Roanoke, VA vet offers some tips on this below. 

Food

Make sure to only give your pet things that are safe for them. Foods that are rich, salty, or sugary can upset your furry buddy’s stomach. Other unsafe foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; avocado and other pitted fruits; raw dough or meat; processed foods; xylitol; nuts; and mushrooms, to name a few. Ask your vet for specific advice. 

Excitement

Older pets tend to be creatures of habit, and they sometimes get a bit ruffled when something throws their routines out of whack. While dinner itself may not be much of a concern, the commotion that sometimes comes with having guests may upset them or make them uneasy. Make sure your furry pal has a safe place to retreat to. If Fido has a crate, put bedding and treats in it, and let him snooze through the celebrations. 

Other Pets

We know, many people take their animal companions pretty much everywhere. If you’re having four-legged guests, keep your pet’s comfort in mind. Set out plenty of beds, dishes, toys, and treats, so they don’t have to compete for these resources. If any of your furry visitors tends to get aggressive, use baby gates to separate them from your pets. Also, make sure any visiting pets are current on their vaccines and parasite control. 

Children

Kids and pets can form truly beautiful friendships. However, very young kids can sometimes be a bit loud and, well, sort of clumsy. Set down some ground rules for younger visitors. Also, make sure they don’t feed your pet without permission. Children sometimes try to share with their furry friends, and may not realize that many foods aren’t safe for them. 

Comfort

Pay lots of attention to Fido and Fluffy. A special treat or a new toy also isn’t a bad idea. After all, pets are truly something to be grateful for! 

Happy Thanksgiving! Please contact us, your Roanoke, VA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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